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Alstroemeria - still life

By Bellai
This is my first serious attempt on flower / still life photography, creating my own textured background in photoshop CS6.
I think, that the green leaves are too saturated against the light background??? however, it was my intention to create a light coloured/textured background. Creating my own textured backgrounds is a new experience.
I would appreciate your comments / advise, many thanks in advance.

Tags: Flowers and plants Alstroemeria Alstroemeria - still life

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27 Sep 2019 6:32PM
Something went wrong - this is the original and not the modified image. I'll upload the modified image tomorrow. Sorry about this.
capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2019 6:49PM
Just add it as a modification, it will upload immediately.
27 Sep 2019 6:56PM
Hi Ivor,
thank you for the tip - re uploading modified version
chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
27 Sep 2019 8:20PM
Hi Isabella,
I see it has been a while since you were here, welcome back.
Your original image is pretty and you have a good clean bg to drop on a texture or two. The flowers are well detailed and a good colour.

Well done for having a go at creating your own texture from scratch, you have applied it nicely, it's very subtle but I quite like it.
You can change the look of a bg layer by using different blend modes, one of my favourites is 'multiply ' what blend mode did you use ?
Personally I don't see the leaves as being too saturated with the addition of the bg, on that issue you could just lower the 'green saturation' on a separate layer but not by much otherwise they will end up looking washed out.
One of the best ways of using textures is to actually photograph your own, could be anything, if you are going for subtle then a piece of netting or voile, want something a little more ? then try an old baking sheet, even grass or cracked, dried earth works.Save your textures in a folder, you then know where they are and can make your choice. Then all you have to do is apply it on a separate layer, blend using your chosen method and you can reduce the opacity to what ever tonality/strength you want.

I will have a go at a mod but tbh subtlety is not my middle name, I will do my best and explain the things I did later.

chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
27 Sep 2019 8:54PM
For the mod I used your original image, always nice to have that then we can see the things yo have changed.
1) Applied a texture from my collection...I tried to be fairly subtle.
2) Blended using the multiply option
3) reduced the opacity of the texture..a little less ' in your face'
4) slight crop from the top and left
5)Reduced the saturation of the yellows to make the leaves slightly less vibrant.
6) Applied a teeny vignette using Nik software
7)Changed the colour profile to sRGB not Adobe as you have used, it is the best colour profile for use on the site.
8) Used levels to brighten generally
9) Very slight use of the burn tool in Photoshop to enhance the sides of the glass and a couple of the creases in the material
10) applied a bit of gaussian blur to the material on a duplicate layer and removed it where I didn't want it.

Phew, I don't think I have forgotten anything and usually applying a texture or two takes me hours,(sometimes I use more than one and I do mess with them until I am happy)
I just did some basics for you here, hope it is ok, it may give you some ideas.
Hope that helps.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
28 Sep 2019 12:23AM
How was this lit.
28 Sep 2019 9:49AM
Hi Janet,
Thank you for your comments, the modification and your detailed explanation, this is very helpful and has given me some new ideas.
I used overlay and soft light as blending modes.
Your modified image looks much warmer and more painterly, I also like the use of the gaussian blur.

Many thanks for your suggestion to photograph my own texture and modify them accordingly.

I'll have another try with textures to the Alstroemeria, unfortunately I won't have a chance, time wise, for the next 2-3 weeks.
28 Sep 2019 10:30AM
Thank you all for your positive comments
chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
28 Sep 2019 12:19PM
Great to have your response Isabella, thank you.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1861 England
30 Sep 2019 8:08AM
My thought is that the cloth is a little intrusive, concealing a god part of the vase.

Janet has given expert advice - her still life pictures are exemplary - while my own preference is for found still life, and straight processing, so this is way beyond my ken... I like the results, but I know that creating them is really hard work, and requires a thoroughly clever eye.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
1 Oct 2019 11:12PM
Forget about backgrounds for a moment.

The flowers are underexposed; this is likely due to light reflecting off that white cloth cover.

Increasing exposure to compensate can solve much of the issue you refer to.

Once done, adding backgrounds has been covered above.

I have added a simple mod to show what I mean.



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